Arrested: Asheville Citizen with "Impeach Bush, Cheney" Sign, Cited With Blocking Sidewalk

Asheville City Police Officer Russell Crisp and Sergeant Randy Riddle believe in your freedom of speech - if they like what you say.

Asheville Police arrested a protestor for "impeach Bush, Cheney" sign - citing him with dubvious charge of "obstructing a sidewalk" this Wednesday. Since he wasn't actually blocking the sidewalk, they are looking for something else that could stick - and said Thursday "a N.C. Department of Transportation violation would be more fitting."

Charges against ‘highway blogger’ will changeby Adam Behsudi, August 17, 2007

ASHEVILLE — Police said Thursday that it would change charges against a man who held an “impeach Bush, Cheney” sign from a bridge over Interstate 240.

Jonas Phillips, a 35-year-old West Asheville resident, said he had recently taken up “highway blogging,” a protest practice of displaying signs of political discontent from highway overpasses.

Police cited him Wednesday for obstructing the sidewalk but said Thursday a N.C. Department of Transportation violation would be more fitting.

In other words, as soon as they can trump up something that might stick.

A message from Phillips was forwarded to the Veterans for Peace list serve:       (read more below the fold, fp by gf)

How busy has John Edwards been, anyway?

The John Edwards Mashup contains all YouTube videos, Flickr photos, campaign headquarters, and John Edwards is Good and Storyville shop addresses.

How can you keep up with John Edwards as he criss-crosses Iowa on his Fighting for One America Tour? Use the John Edwards Mashup. Clicking on the picture above will take you to an Iowa-sized map with the latest YouTube and Flickr additions. The Mashup contains ~300 John Edwards-related items, and if Google ever gets off its ass and fixes the program you'll be able to see them all on one map. Until then, enjoy all three pages of STUFF.

Another Republican Commissioner

Another one bites the dust. Franklin County Republican Commissioner Harry Foy has been arrested in Dare County on drug and assault charges according to a News and Observer story.

Franklin County leader faces multiple charges

Harry Foy is charged with one count of assault on a female, possessing less than half an once of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, said Dare County Sheriff Rodney Midgett.

You Wanna Know Who's Supporting The Troops?

I met Kim Yaman during Yearly Kos in Chicago a couple of weeks ago. When she has a chance she comments at Daily Kos, but that's about the extent of her blogging. She's kind of busy. She works two jobs here in North Carolina in order to support her granddaughter, Layla, who was left in her care when Layla's mother and father were both deployed six weeks after she was born. Layla is now 4 1/2 years old. Kim now also supports her daughter, who returned from the Navy 16 months ago with a disabling brain injury. The V.A. has yet to issue a single disability check.

Buncombe County Republicans Feud Publicly

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketThis stuff almost writes itself.

Buncombe County Republicans lost everything in the November, 2006 elections, and it's been a bitter pill to swallow. While I don't pretend to know about the private machinations of the BCRP, the public faces of the party present a bitter struggle between conservatives and libertarians, and Party regulars.

In the fight to elect a County Chair to the Party earlier this year, Mike Harrison won over Chad Nesbitt. Harrison resigned shortly after his election:

"The chairman of the Buncombe County Republican Party on Monday said he resigned from the post after personal attacks on his character and his wife’s character.

Mike Harrison said in a written statement that he left the job May 1. He had hoped his election to chairman in March would bring the party together, he said, but that did not happen." - link

Harrison supporter, Tim Peck, got into a very public conversation with Nesbitt supporter, Don Yelton. Peck and Yelton gave us a glimpse of the beginning of each group's encampment in what may be a long war of attrition:

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